Private Colleges that Accept Undocumented Students as Domestic Students

(Last updated on September 2016)



As you look for colleges to apply to, we know that it is helpful to know which schools admit and financially support undocumented students.  That is why, we have put together this growing list of all of the private colleges who have changed their admissions policies to admit undocumented students as domestic students instead of international students!  Most colleges consider undocumented students as international students, which means that undocumented students are competing with international applicants for financial aid. But when a college considers undocumented students as domestic students, undocumented students are more likely to get good financial aid packages.

We are continually expanding this list and featuring scholarships with approaching deadlines so be sure to return to this page periodically.

Brown University– Brown will meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted undocumented students (with or without DACA).

Cornell University– Beginning in the Fall of 2016, applicants from any state in the country who have DACA will be considered as domestic students for admission instead of international students.

Emory University– “Emory University meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted domestic students. Students who are granted DACA status by the federal government (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) are considered domestic students by Emory University and are eligible for need-based financial aid like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident.”

Oberlin College– “Oberlin College considers undocumented students living in the United States as domestic candidates for admission.”

Pomona College– “The college fully reviews undocumented and DACA-mented students who graduate from a U.S. high school for both admission and for every type of private financial aid the college offers.”

Swarthmore College– This prestigious small liberal arts college near Philadelphia does “not take financial need or application for financial aid into account when making an admissions decision. Swarthmore College commits to meeting 100% of admitted students’ demonstrated financial need.”

Tuffs University– “Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students who apply to Tufts are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident in their high school.”

Wesleyan University– This prestigious, private university located in Connecticut, considers undocumented students (including students without DACA) who graduate from an American high school in any state as if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


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